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June 7, 2013 at 10:21 AM

USMNT resumes World Cup qualifying in Jamaica (Friday links)

Another big game is here, as the U.S. men’s national team is in Jamaica for a World Cup qualifier at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

I posted the standings in a tight CONCACAF race earlier in the week, and needless to say, a win would go a long way for the U.S., which will be playing its third road game already.

Here is some preview material for the game from FOXsoccer.com, ESPN.com, The Washington Post, Soccer America, MLSsoccer.com and some notes from USsoccer.com.

Let’s get to some other links…

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— First off, GM Adrian Hanauer was on ExtraTime Radio the other day if you want to listen to that podcast.

— No surprise really that Obafemi Martins was left off Nigeria’s World Cup qualifying roster. We’ll see what happens if he stays healthy and keeps up his torrid scoring pace.

— The Sounders FC/Seahawks pro shop is having an unveiling weekend of sorts after it underwent renovations.

— The Vancouver Whitecaps are coming to town this weekend ready for a packed house. Here is another preview from the visiting club, which hopes to get Jay DeMerit back later this year.

— Around MLS, here is a piece on the growth of Federal Way’s Kelyn Rowe in New England, D.C. United traded for Whitecaps defender Alain Rochat, and here is another look at possible league expansion to Florida.

— In some more national team reading, national writers profiled midfielder Jermaine Jones here and here. And The New York Times caught up with forward Jozy Altidore, particularly about a possible move to the racism-rife world of Italian soccer.

— Here’s an interview with Oguchi Onyewu, who said D.C. United would be at the top of his list if he were to come to MLS.

— In a couple reads on the women’s soccer front, here’s another piece on the controversy of playing a Women’s World Cup on turf. Here’s an expansive piece on Portland Thorns FC being the flagship franchise of the new NWSL. And some young women with local connections were named to the most recent U.S. U-17 roster.

— Lastly, here are the rosters for the upcoming Confederations Cup in Brazil.

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